Superintendent Brian Balke commented, “I couldn’t be more proud of Goffstown High School being recognized again this year by U.S. News and World Report. We have wonderful teachers and staff at GHS that contribute to a positive learning environment every day.”
As explained by U.S. News & World Report, the Best High Schools rankings identify the country's top-performing public high schools. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest achieving to the lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work.
Further, they explain the methodology for identifying the Best High Schools was developed with a core principle in mind: that the best schools must serve all students well and must produce measurable academic outcomes that support this mission. To produce the 2016 Best High Schools rankings, which are only available online, U.S. News teamed up with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.
RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which reflects how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are planning to go to college. According to the U.S. News Best High Schools methodology, a Best High School is one that succeeds at the following steps:
• Step 1: The school attains performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school's relative level of student poverty, as measured by state accountability test scores for all the school's students in the core subjects of reading and math. A school can also succeed at this step by performing in the top 10 percent of
schools in its state on those tests in absolute terms. However, no school can succeed at this step if it places in the bottom 10 percent of schools in its state.
• Step 2: The school achieves proficiency rates on state tests for its least advantaged student groups that exceed state averages.
• Step 3: The school graduates its students at a rate that meets or surpasses a basic national standard.
• Step 4: The school prepares its students for college, as measured by student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement exams or International Baccalaureate exams.
The administrative team at Goffstown High School continues to be exceptionally proud of the hard work of its faculty, staff, and students. This recognition speaks to the focus and dedication that they bring daily to GHS